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Rail-Trails of the White Mountain National Forest

USDA Forest Service
White Mountain National Forest
719 Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246
603-528-8721

Please check the Recreation Page of the new Official WMNF Web Site for additional or up-to-date information!

All of the following trails are utilize the beds of old logging railroads to some degree. The U.S. Forest Service issued trail guides have been reproduced at this Web Site whenever such is available if equivalent information is not available at the Official WMNF Web Site

Detailed information about all trails is available in the AMC White Mountain Guide published by the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Trail name Mi. Surface Permitted uses Ranger District
Black Pond Trail 1 Dirt Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Pemigewassett
Cedar Brook Trail 6 Ballast Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Pemigewassett
Dry River Trail 11 Ballast Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Saco
East Branch Trail 8 Ballast Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing
 Snowmobiles allowed on East Branch Road only!
Saco
East Pond Trail 5 Gravel Grass
& Dirt
Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Pemigewassett
Ethan Pond Trail 6 Ballast Grass
& Dirt
Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Pemigewassett
Flat Mountain Pond Trail 9 Ballast Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing
Snowmobiles allowed from Guinea Pond Trail Jct to Flat Mountain Pond only!
Saco
Franconia Brook Trail 7 Ballast Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Pemigewassett
Guinea Pond Trail 4 Ballast Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Pemigewassett
Lincoln Brook Trail 7 Gravel
& Dirt
Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Pemigewassett
Lincoln Woods Trail 3 Ballast Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Pemigewassett
Little East Pond Trail 2 Ballast Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Pemigewassett
Moriah Brook Trail 5 Gravel
& Dirt
Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Androscoggin
North Twin Trail 4 Dirt Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing FishingHorse Trail Ammonoosuc
Oliverian Trail 4 Dirt Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing FishingHandicapped Access
Bikes allowed to the edge of the wilderness area only!
Saco
Osseo Trail 6 Gravel
& Dirt
Hiking Trail Pemigewassett
Pine Bend Brook Trail 4 Gravel Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Saco
Rob Brook Trail 2 Ballast Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing FishingHorse Trail
Snowmobiles allowed only on a short portion of the trail!
Saco
Rocky Branch Trail 9 Ballast Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Fishing Saco
Sawyer River Trail 4 Ballast Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing FishingHorse Trail Handicapped Access
Snowmobiles allowed from Meadow Brook Trail to Route 302 only!
Saco
Shelburne Trail 7 Dirt Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Androscoggin
Spider Bridge Loop Trail 5 Gravel Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Androscoggin
Thoreau Falls Trail 5 Ballast
& Dirt
Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Pemigewassett
Trestle Trail 1 Dirt Hiking Trail Ammonoosuc
Upper Nanamocomuck Trail 9 Ballast Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Saco
West Milan Trail 5 Gravel Snowmobiling Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing FishingHorse Trail Androscoggin
This chart is based upon the directory of Rail-trails in New Hampshire that was present at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Web Site on March 16, 1998, and updated on April 2, 1998 to reflect corrections supplied by Coleen Mainville of WMNF (603-528-8721). Unintentional errors are likely!

Trail name

Mi. Surface Permitted uses Ranger District
Rail & River Trail .5 crushed
stone
Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Handicapped Access ?
Zealand Trail 2.8 Dirt Hiking Trail ?
Franconia Brook Trail     Hiking Trail ?
Wilderness Trail     Hiking Trail ?
Cedar Brook Trail     Hiking Trail ?
Ethan Pond Trail     Hiking Trail ?
Hancock Trail     Hiking Trail ?
The information in the preceding chart has not been verified!

Visitors to the White Mountain National Forest should note that several of the important paved roads and many gravel roads also utilize old logging railroad beds!

J. E. Henry Railroad Trestle

The Ammonoosuc-Pemigewasset Ranger District is re-scoping the public for comments on the proposal to dismantle the J.E. Henry Railroad Trestle. The trestle is located within the Pemigewasset Wilderness approximately 5 1/2 miles from the Kancamagus Highway on the Wildemess Trail, in the Town of Lincoln, Grafton County, New Hampshire.

Moosilauke Carraige Rd

Breezy Point, Warren to Moosilaukee Summit - 5.1 miles - open to public use

Hiking Trail Cross-Country Skiing Snowmobiling Snowshoeing

This roadbed has never been used for railroad purposes, but is included on this Web Site because its history and general characteristics are similar to that of the typical Rail-trail.

PARKING FEE AT WMNF TRAILHEADS!

The White Mountain National Forest now has an Official Web Site that contains current information about this 'parking permit' program in the 'Recreation' section of the site.

Please note that this fee currently applies only to unattended vehicles parked on WMNF land. Public transit passengers as well as long distance hikers and bikers that park their vehicles elsewhere are totally exempt from this fee!

Information Additional information and some pictures of the White Mountains is available at the White Mountains Info Server on the Dartmouth College system. Basic information in printed form is also available at all of the WMNF Ranger Stations as well as at numerous tourist information booths in the surrounding area.

Books about the Trail:

The rail-trails based on the logging railroad at Zealand are briefly described in section N of  the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press.

Bus Stop Public Transportation

Concord Trailways operates two intercity bus routes on a daily basis from Boston via Concord through the White Mountains:

AMC Hiker Shuttle operates two van routes to various trailheads in the White Mountains on a seasonal basis.

North Country Transportation (Freedom Express/Senior Wheels) provides a demand responsive local transportation service to all points in Coos County, NH as well as Littleton, NH.

Related books

The Logging Railroads of J.E.Henry by Bill Gove, published in 1998 by Bondcliff Books.

Logging Railroads of the White Mountains by Francis C. Belcher, Fran Belcher, Sherman Adams, Published in July 1990 by Appalachian Mountain Club.


Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.
This page was updated on August 07, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
 Unintentional errors are likely!

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